In this installment of the Tiffany Aching portion of Disc World Tiffany is neck deep in hagging when trouble comes her way. Pratchett developed some of the peripheral characters while adding some interesting new ones. The NMF follow Tiffany into the city, and become a pain in the King's... Neck. You'll appreciate that more after a listen. Briggs does another fine job bringing Pratchett's characters to life. Let's hope T.P. has another novel for Tiffany to sort out some trouble... perhaps it can involve a daughter.
I am always worried when I see multiple readers, but this series did a great job weaving between them. There are parts of the story that I feel were unnecessary, but overall it is great. Really makes you think. Possible the best syfy writer I've read.
Wendy Mass did another great job creating unique characters. Combine that with another amazingly unique story and you have a wonderful book. With his 13th birthday just a summer away, Jeremy gets the best present anybody can ask for - the exposure to life that will forever change the way he views the world...all thanks to his dad (who passed away when he was 8).
The story had a rough start, but less than an hour into this adventure I couldn't stop listening. Mass ends the story with a feel-good twist that I have come to now expect from her writing.
It is a wonderful story...maybe her best thus far. Definitely check it out.
Terry Pratchett is at it again. In this clever, early-Victorian tale Pratchett opens our eyes through a clever story of the less fancy side of London. Mixing historical fiction with historical fact, we can't help but cheer for Dodger. While not as good as Nation (a must read), Pratchett does spin a very appealing tale. Stephen Briggs does another great job telling the tale.
The readers were GREAT...especially August. The characters in this story show the truth of kids. Yeah, sometimes they can be jerky, but, when it comes down to it, they are good...generally. This book shows what happens when you are true to yourself, and what happens when you look beyond the cover. A moving, heartwarming story about making the best out of a difficult situation.
This is a fun story. It makes you think a little bit, and gets you rooting for the underdog A LOT, and then it makes you think a bit more about who exactly IS the underdog. Many applicable lessons to life, if that is what you are looking for. More importantly, it is a good, heartwarming story. Perfect for that 5th-9th grade range, and a wonderful read for parents with their kids for even an greater grade range.
I am not generally a fan of authors narrating their books, and this one did little to change my mind. By the end I was okay with it, though. Sherman Alexie has a very interesting cadence. There were times I felt his inflection/emotion didn't match that of the piece. But, overall, it has been one of the more memorable listens.
John Green did an amazing job. Hazel is such a fun character, and yet so tortured. It is clever. Augustus is clever. This is a definite read/listen. I am doing my best to pass this book around my circle. Everybody who I've turned on to it LOVED IT...adults and teens. There are parts of the story that get a bit predictable, but you still hope against hope that they don't happen. And it tears you apart when it does. The most enjoyable book of this ilk since I read "If I Stay" (another definite-must!)
I will not lie. It started off rough. The first half an 10-15 minutes didn't grab me, but once they set on the road...WOW!!! I couldn't stop listening to it. Sean Runnette did an amazing job with Rinpoche. And Roland Merullo made me laugh, made me think, and came close to making me cry. I actually think I might have shed a tear. It was wonderful. If you are open enough to have come this far, go for it. You WILL enjoy it...after the first 10-15 minutes. c:
This is a very cute book. I teach high school, and some of my kids turned this into a short play. They really enjoyed reading it. For me, the story dragged a bit in the middle. I thought it was Mia was a bit whiny and self-centered at parts (think Harry Potter in books 4/5), but then I remembered she was an 8th grade girl (no offense meant here). Overall, strong start and a super cute end with a LOT of interesting stuff in between. Wendy Mass really sparked my interest. Since this book, I went on to learn more stuff about synesthesia, and it has led me to her other books which seem pretty awesome as well.
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